Forgery is a serious white collar crime that can result in a lengthy prison sentence or very large fines if convicted. An individual can face criminal charges for forgery if, with the intent to defraud, the individual commits one or more of the following acts:
- Falsely makes, completes, or alters a written instrument
- Knowingly holds a forged instrument in their possession
- Offers or presents a forged item or a forged item containing false information, regardless of whether or not that item is accepted
According to ARS 13-2002, forgery is a class 4 felony. In cases where a forged instrument is used to purchase, lease, or rent property that is used to facilitate smuggling, forgery can be charged as a class 3 felony. It is possible for individuals to face charges for forgery in addition to another offense such as credit card theft, identity theft, or identity fraud.
If you need assistance with a criminal issue related to forgery, contact thewhite collar crime defense attorneys at JacksonWhite. Our team has the experience and professionalism that you will require to successfully fight a forgery charge in court. Call 480-818-9943 to schedule a FREE and confidential consultation with fraud defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle today.